Students from the provinces of Groningen and Friesland have worked together to develop a solar-powered car which will take part in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia in October.
Translation by Hans de Preter
The solar car is called Green Lightning and will make its debut in October in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Green Lightning was transported to Australia on Friday in a specially developed flight case.
Top Dutch Solar Racing has extensively tested the self-built solar car on a public road in Appingedam, where a special circuit has been built for the team, and-speed tests have been conducted at the TT circuit in Assen and on the RDW test circuit in Lelystad.
The solar car has achieved a top speed of 115 km/h, and initial testing has been promising. One of the drivers, Kevin Luinge, says that the team was “pleasantly surprised by how stable the car drives and how easy it is to steer. It was exciting to drive at high speed; you know that you are responsible for the entire project at that time. If you make a mistake and the car crashes, that means the end of the project, but it was really cool to get up to those speeds so quickly!”
There were some problems with the motor sensors communicating with the controller, which caused the motor to warm up, but a different type of sensor has already been found and installed to fix the issue.
Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is a competition in which teams with self-built solar cars drive a 3022km course through the Australian outback. The route goes from Darwin to Adelaide and the challenge itself will last from 13 to 20 October. During the race, the teams will drive during the day and then set up camp overnight.
Top Dutch Solar Racing
The team consists of 26 students from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the University of Groningen, Noorderpoort and Friesland College. This is what makes Top Dutch Solar Racing unique: it is not a university team, but rather a team with vocational, applied and research university students. The solar car was built in collaboration with governments, companies and educational institutions in the northern Netherlands.